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Wolf Creek Job Corps Receives U.S. Forest Service Great Green Thing Award

Waste Reduction and Recycling Gains National Recognition

Glide, Oregon – Wolf Creek Job Corps Civilian Conservation Center received national recognition at the November 2008 Sustainable Operations Summit hosted by the U.S. Forest Service for its innovative endeavors relating to waste reduction and recycling. Last July, Wolf Creek began an intensive approach to sustainability by:

  • Growing a center garden where all food grown by students is used by the cafeteria (produce food locally-eat low on the food chain).
  • Construction of a recycle station and satellite recycle bins located across center to encourage recycling of paper, plastic, metal, cardboard, batteries, etc.
  • Reducing waste from the dining hall by shifting to products with less packaging. Examples include: installation of a milk dispenser machine (saved 196,000 individual milk cartons per year); issuing students individual reusable Wolf Creek water bottles (saved an estimated 10,000 individual water and Powerade bottles a year); stocking squeeze bottles instead of individual condiment packages; recycling plastic containers, metal cans, and cardboard.
  • Purchasing Energy Star products including: construction of new dorm with energy efficient heat pumps, front load washers, computer controlled heat zones to allow heat to be turned down during the hours of non-use; replacement of old heat pumps with energy efficient heat pumps in all dorms.
  • Partnering with Sunrise Industries, a company employing people with disabilities, gaining income and employment from the Wolf Creek recycling initiative.

Wolf Creek's main mission is to teach employability skills and environmental awareness to our 231 students (age 16-24). Our students are directly involved in making this green effort a reality. Not only are they helping the environment through their efforts, but they are also learning good stewardship and pride through their efforts.

Grady McMahan, Center Director stated, "One of Wolf Creek Job Corps' missions as a CCC center located on the Umpqua National Forest is to educate our students (age 16-24) about caring for the land through resource conservation. The Wolf Creek Green Team is working through a multi-faceted program with staff to mentor students in developing many resource conservation steps."

Wolf Creek Job Corps began its recycling program with the completion of the recycle station on July 7, 2008. This has allowed a large amount of waste to be recycled which would have been placed in a landfill before. As of December 31, 2008, Wolf Creek has recycled the following volumes to date since beginning in July 2008: 66.5 gaylords[1] of cardboard with the average weight of 200 pounds a piece for a total of 12,300 pounds; 10 33-gallon bags of miscellaneous clothing; two gaylords of paper; two gaylords of plastic; two gaylords of miscellaneous (which includes glass, tin, aluminum, shredded paper, newspaper); 85 33-gallon bags of miscellaneous (which includes glass, tin, aluminum, shredded paper, newspaper); and five car batteries.

McMahan added, "Wolf Creek's main mission is to teach employability skills and environmental awareness to our 231 students (age 16-24). Our students are directly involved in making this green effort a reality. Not only are they helping the environment through their efforts, but they are also learning good stewardship and pride through their efforts."


[1] A gaylord is a cardboard recycling container that measures four feet wide by four feet tall by four feet deep for a total of 64 cubic feet.

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